Sunday, 23 November 2014

SACHA JUAN OCEAN MIST

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I bought this sea salt spray back in the summer and after using it a fair few times, it found itself in my hair draw. It's not that I didn't like it, quite the opposite actually but my hair became quite frail and in need of moisture rather than drying salt spray.

SachaJuan Ocean Mist (£18.00) caught my eye almost a year ago but it wasn't until I made a cheeky Cult Beauty order that it ended up in my basket. I'm a huge fan of Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray but I've found over time that it can be a little too much for my hair. 

I've recently re-introduced Ocean Mist back into my routine and I'm thankful I did. It's a very lightweight, beachy texture that it gives my hair with a little volume. There's no crispiness or layers of product build up which I find great as my hair doesn't need much to weigh it down. It gives just the right amount of piece-y texture that gives my hair more movement and it blends better into my extensions. 

You can apply this to dry or wet hair but I've been favouring wet hair as it dries with minimal effort once used. I've packed it in my suitcase for my holiday (I'll be there now :P) and I'm hoping it'll give me beautiful, Aussie beach bum hair. 

Oh did I mention it smells glorious? Sea breeze at it's finest.

Do you like using salt sprays?


Love, Kate xo
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Friday, 21 November 2014

FEATURE FRIDAY | AUTUMN/WINTER MANICURE & PEDICURE

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Hello! My name's Angelica and I write a beauty and lifestyle blog called One Little Vice. I discovered Kate's blog through the #MyLittleSkinCareProject that we both took part last year and I'm so happy to have the opportunity to guest post for her today. I'm going to be sharing my picks for an autumn/winter manicure and pedicure. My best friend came to visit me last week and as we hadn't seen each other in a while so we took the time to catch up over some beauty treatments and I road tested this routine with great results.

Whenever I do take the time to give myself a manicure or pedicure (which isn't as often as I'd like) I really enjoy pulling out all of the stops. I try to take some time to go polish free between reapplications so that I can apply CND's Solar Oil to help condition and strengthen my nails. I also really like to exfoliate my skin - I know it isn't sandal season but I hate to neglect my extremities. I'm a firm believer in the benefits of exfoliating your hands - I know people don't tend to talk about this much, but I find that it really helps to combat dry skin. I recently picked up Dr. Organic's Organic Manuka Honey Foot Scrub and I think it does a really wonderful job on both hands and feet.

 Once my skin is nice and smooth I like to moisturise, and to make the whole experience into a real treat I've been reaching for Antipodes' Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand and Body Cream. It isn't a super thick product but it really does a good job of hydrating dry skin leaving it gloriously soft. Before I apply nail polish I make sure that my nails are clean and dry before buffing and shaping them in readiness for the final step.

I've been wearing Barry M's Gelly Polishes in Greenberry and Almond exclusively since July - I honestly haven't strayed from these two polishes because I am obsessed with these two shades. However, with the seasons changing I thought it might be nice to have a look through my nail polish collection and try out a new nail look. It too me a while to decide but I finally settled on Ciate's Paint Pot in Dangerous Affair and Seventeen's Glitter Nail Effect in Gold. I like the combination of gold and deep burgundy, and it makes quite a change from the shades I've been wearing over the last few months!

I hope you liked my guest post, if you want to chat come and find me over on twitter - @onelittlevice - I'm always looking for fellow beauty lovers to keep up with. And let me know in the comments what the products are that you reach for when you give yourself a manicure or pedicure? 



Wednesday, 19 November 2014

AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES CHRISTMAS BATH JEWELS

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Could this be the cutest little packaging of all time? Loving the turquoise vibes!

I became familiar with Aromatherapy Associates last year when I got my Mum a little set for Christmas. To me, they just seem like the most luxe pampering product out there. I'm definitely more of a shower girl but sometimes, especially during the winter, a good hot bath is what the Doctor ordered. 

This year's Christmas sets may just be more wonderful than last year and their Bath Jewels* (£28.00) is no exception. It comes beautifully presented with three 7.5ml bottles of oil that, although small will last quite some time. It is suggested that you use a third of each bottle per bath or apply to your body before showering. I think you can use less, it'll still have the desired effect but ideally this set should last you around 9-10 luxurious baths which I think is great for a sample set.

The set includes Relax Deep* a very distinctive scent which includes patchouli, Australian sandalwood and coconut. It really does live up to it's name as the scent is very deep and dark. This one is recommended on an evening, if you suffer from sleep issues which I do as it helps relax you into a more tranquil sleep.

De-Stress Mind* is similar to the aforementioned oil but without making you feel sleepy. When you're feeling a little overwhelmed and need a little clarity, this is the one. It has hints of frankincense, wild camomile and rosemary. 

My favourite scent is Revive Morning* which is very invigorating and perfect for those mornings where you need to put a spring in your step. Infused with grapefruit, rosemary and juniper, it has a boosting quality to it that screams Monday morning.

I'm really impressed with this set, it's the perfect introductory AA gift that will suit men and women alike. I'm definitely going to get my use out of these oils as all three have benefits with my name on them. 

Sunday pamper anyone?

Love, Kate xo
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Monday, 17 November 2014

REVLON COLORBURST BALM IN LOVESTRUCK

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I went through a phase of being a little borderline obsessed with lip crayons last year. I had every colour and brand going! Of all the variations, I surprisingly never got round to trying the original Revlon Colorburst Balms. Shocking, I know.

So today, I bring you Lovestruck* a beautiful and vibrant pink that really builds on the lips. You can wear it quite sheer or build for a more opaque, fuller finish. These are extremely moisturising on the lips and have a delicious minty scent that soothes the lips further. I find the colour very 3 dimensional which is great because it makes my lips look glossier and fuller - can't beat a bit of va va voom! 

I've found myself reaching for this shade when I'm in need of a pick me up and nothing gives you perkiness like a good ol' bright lip! 

Direct Cosmetics offer discount prices on lots of major brands - this is only £1.99!

What lip product do you go for when you need perking up?

Love, Kate xo
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